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Biofuels and the global food balance: bioenergy and agriculture promises and challenges


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  • Rosegrant, Mark W.
  • Msangi, Siwa
  • Sulser, Timothy B.
  • Valmonte-Santos, Rowena


"Rising world fuel prices, the growing demand for energy, and concerns about global warming are the key factors driving the increasing interest in renewable energy sources, and in biofuels in particular. But some policymakers and analysts have voiced concern that aggressive growth in biofuel production could “crowd out” production of food crops in some developing countries, creating a tension between the need for energy and the need for food and feed. This brief investigates the interaction between crop demand for biofuel feedstock and the demand and production of crops for both food and feed, in order to see how scenarios for projected growth in biofuel production could affect food availability, prices, and consumption at global and regional levels between now and 2020." from Text

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series 2020 vision briefs with number 14(3).

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:2020br:14(3)

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Keywords: Fuel prices; Energy consumption; Global warming; Renewable energy sources; Biofuels; Food crops; Food availability;


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Cited by:
  1. Canares, Michael, 2009. "Macro-economic trends and their impacts on forests and forestry in Asia and the Pacific, outlook to 2020," MPRA Paper 28970, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Mohajan, Haradhan, 2013. "Global food price hike is a burden to the poor," MPRA Paper 51822, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 05 Nov 2013.


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